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December 28, 2017
Thanks to a recent sponsorship of $50,000 from the Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust both the Covington & Westbank Clubs will receive a boost to programs and services offered to teens at both Clubs. The Teens With A Plan program is designed to keep 12-18 year old Club members engaged in positive activities and provide guidance that will lead to high school graduation and ultimately good solid jobs and careers whether it be through the armed forces, vocational services, or college. This program is centered around a teen services strategic plan that lays out a yearly plan beginning in the eighth grade and ending in the twelfth grade that give Club members a map to reach their goals.
Oscar Judah Tolmas was born on July 20, 1920 to Charles and Cecile Bressler Tolmas in New Orleans, Louisiana. Oscar’s Father was of Russian descent and his Mother was of Polish descent. Charles and Cecile arrived in the United States through Ellis Island in New York in 1915. After coming to the United States, education became a driving force in their lives. Oscar had one sister and two brothers. All four children obtained advanced degrees from Tulane University. Oscar graduated from Tulane University in 1941 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He also attended Tulane University School of Law where he obtained his law degree in 1943. He was a member of the Louisiana Bar Association for 70 years.
After graduating from law school he enlisted in the United States Navy. He participated in World War II in the Pacific Ocean. He was honorably discharged in 1946 with the rank of Lieutenant Commander. He then actively practiced law with his brother and sister for several years before becoming interested in developing real estate. He started various companies to pursue development of real estate in the New Orleans area.
In 1952 he was introduced to horse racing which became one of his passions. He began Tolmas Racing Stables with one of his brothers. They traveled all over the United States to various race tracks. He was so involved with horse racing that he was asked by the Governor of Louisiana in 1992 to become the Chairman of the Louisiana Racing Commission. He accepted and served on the Commission for many years including four years as Commissioner.
He was married in 1963 to Ms. Marjorie Ella Skinner. They were married until her death in September, 2013.
Mr. Tolmas passed away on December 2, 2013. In his last will and testament, he formed the Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust to help other tax exempt charities with their missions. He left all of his estate to the trust.